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is Squamish a good place when it's hot?

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Sergey Shelukhin · · Seattle, WA · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 0

I was planning to go to Squamish this weekend (never been there before), however the various forecasts now coalesce on 82-85F/28-30C degree temps.

The MP route pictures seem to show a lot of sun, and 30C is usually not so great on any rock, but even less great on granite slabs. 

Is it a good idea to go there for anything other than bouldering in this weather, assuming I have other less legendary but more shady/alpine options? The reputation is that it's a summer crag :) 

JCM · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 95

Short answer: yes.

There are many walls, facing all directions, with options for sun and shade. The long routes in the Chief generally get shade until early afternoon, so get up early and you can finish an 8 pitch route before the sun hits. Same is true for Grand Wall base cragging- shade in morning. The North Walls are in shade even longer, till 4 pm or so.

For shady afternoon crashing, visit Murrin and/or Chek. Both start seeing shade early afternoon.

The Bourdon guidebook has good conditions info if you need more detail.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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